We at Family Tree Magazine HQ are getting ready to head to the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 annual conference next week in Birmingham, Ala.
The theme is Indians, Squatters, Soldiers and Settlers in the Old Southwest, and the classes reflect those topics and more.
We’ll be camped out in the exhibit hall (which opens Thursday) in booth 420, where conferencegoers can stop by to say hi, pick up a magazine, enter our giveaway, ask about Family Tree University, and peruse our latest CDs and books—including How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise Levenick and From the Family Kitchen by Gena Philibert Ortega.
Check the FGS Conference Blog for updates on conference activities. You also can download the free FGS 2012 Conference App to help you find your way around, keep track of the conference schedule and more.
Looking for local and regional research opportunities? We hear that on Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Birmingham Public Library/Linn-Henley Research Library ( 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, 35203) will stay open late, until 8pm, for FGS 2012 attendees.
There you’ll find the city archives, maps, photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and other historical materials related to Birmingham, Jefferson County and the surrounding area. If you plan to go, see the library’s tips on planning a research visit.
(And if you can’t get there, check out the Birmingham Public Library’s digital collections, which include newspapers, maps, local history exhibits and more.)
The Alabama Genealogical Society, the local host for the conference, deposits its collections at the Samford University Library (800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, 35229). The special collections hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Other Birmingham, Ala.,-area genealogy websites:
- Birmingham Genealogical Society
- Jefferson County GenWeb
- Jefferson County, Ala., Resources at RootsWeb
- Birmingham, Ala., FamilySearch Center
- Alabama Online Historical Newspapers
- Hueytown Historical Society
Looking for in-depth Alabama genealogy advice? You’ll find Family Tree Magazine‘s Alabama State Research Guide, county maps and other Alabama genealogy resources at Family Tree Shop.